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WEST VIRGINIA News: WHEELING, Drug Seizures Top 275 Kilos in 2018

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA (STL.News) –United States Attorney Bill Powell is applauding law enforcement efforts in 2018, as more than 275 kilos of illicit and dangerous drugs were taken off the streets in communities across the Northern District of West Virginia. More than 3 kilos of fentanyl alone was seized, enough to kill 83% of the … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: WHEELING, Drug Seizures Top 275 Kilos in 2018

United States News: Assistant United States Attorney Jack Lammers Wins Outstanding Prosecutor Award

United States – On March 14, 2019, Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) Jack Lammers will receive the Midwest HIDTA program’s outstanding prosecutor award from Jeff Stamm, the program director. The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program (HIDTA), first established in 1990, is a drug enforcement program run by the United States Office of National Drug … Continue reading United States News: Assistant United States Attorney Jack Lammers Wins Outstanding Prosecutor Award

Illinois News: CHICAGO, 35 Defendants Charged in Joint Federal and State Investigation into Heroin and Fentanyl Delivery Service in Chicago Area

CHICAGO, Illinois — Thirty-five individuals are facing criminal charges as part of a joint federal and state investigation into heroin and fentanyl trafficking in Chicago. During the multi-year investigation, dubbed “Operation Road Rage,” law enforcement seized a kilogram of heroin, most of which contained fentanyl, approximately $100,000 in cash, five firearms, and four vehicles. Much of … Continue reading Illinois News: CHICAGO, 35 Defendants Charged in Joint Federal and State Investigation into Heroin and Fentanyl Delivery Service in Chicago Area

Indiana News: HAMMOND, Roberto Molina Sentenced to 57 Months In Prison For Possession with Intent to Distribute More Than One Kilogram Heroin

HAMMOND, Ia.– Roberto Molina, 38, of Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Joseph S. Van Bokkelen to 57 months imprisonment followed by 3 years of supervised release after pleading guilty to possession with intent to distribute 1 kilogram or more of heroin, announced U.S. Attorney Kirsch. According to documents in the case, … Continue reading Indiana News: HAMMOND, Roberto Molina Sentenced to 57 Months In Prison For Possession with Intent to Distribute More Than One Kilogram Heroin

WEST VIRGINIA News: WHEELING, U.S. Attorney says Wheeling Police Chief’s new role is great news

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA –United States Attorney Bill Powell is applauding the news that Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger will now sit on the executive board of the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area. “Appalachia HIDTA serves a vital role in our fight against the drug epidemic, providing much-needed funding to our task forces. It’s only … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: WHEELING, U.S. Attorney says Wheeling Police Chief’s new role is great news

Louisiana News: Gary Man, Francisco Rivera Sentenced To 74 Months In Prison

For Distribution Of Cocaine and Possession Of A Firearm In Furtherance Of A Drug Trafficking Crime HAMMOND, La. – Francisco Rivera, 29, of Gary, Indiana, was sentenced before District Court Judge Philip P. Simon on his plea to distribution of cocaine and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime, announced U.S. Attorney … Continue reading Louisiana News: Gary Man, Francisco Rivera Sentenced To 74 Months In Prison

Ohio News: Cleveland man, Kadeem Davis indicted for selling fentanyl and heroin last year that resulted in a fatal overdose

Cleveland, Ohio – A Cleveland man was indicted in federal court for selling fentanyl and heroin last year that resulted in a fatal overdose. Kadeem Davis, 28, was indicted on one count of distribution of fentanyl and heroin, with a sentencing enhancement allegeing the sale resulted in death, one count of use of a communication facility … Continue reading Ohio News: Cleveland man, Kadeem Davis indicted for selling fentanyl and heroin last year that resulted in a fatal overdose

FLORIDA News: TALLAHASSEE, Year in Review: 2018 Project Safe Neighborhoods Prosecutions

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – As 2018 has drawn to a close, Christopher P. Canova, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, reviews the district’s Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) cases. Project Safe Neighborhoods is the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. PSN is an evidence-based program proven to be effective at … Continue reading FLORIDA News: TALLAHASSEE, Year in Review: 2018 Project Safe Neighborhoods Prosecutions

Louisiana News: St. Rose Man, COREY SESSION Sentenced After Trial for Narcotics Conspiracy and Firearms Violations

NEW ORLEANS, La. – U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announced that COREY SESSION, age 44, of St. Rose, Louisiana, was sentenced yesterday after having been convicted after a five-day trial that was held in August 2018 before U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon. SESSION was the last defendant to be sentenced in this case. SESSION … Continue reading Louisiana News: St. Rose Man, COREY SESSION Sentenced After Trial for Narcotics Conspiracy and Firearms Violations

WEST VIRGINIA News: Maryland man, Phillip Ryan Williams admits to drug distribution

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Phillip Ryan Williams, of McCoole, Maryland, has admitted to distributing methamphetamine, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Williams, age 24, pled guilty today to one count of “Distribution of Methamphetamine.” He admitted to selling methamphetamine in Mineral County on June 13, 2018. Williams faces up to 20 years incarceration and a … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: Maryland man, Phillip Ryan Williams admits to drug distribution

WEST VIRGINIA News: Columbus man, Jason R. Smoot admits to cocaine distribution charge

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Jason R. Smoot, of Columbus, Ohio, has admitted to selling cocaine near a playground, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Smoot, age 31, pled guilty to one count of “Distribution of Cocaine Base within 1,000 Feet of a Protected Location.” Smoot admitted to selling cocaine near the Jensen Playground in Wheeling … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: Columbus man, Jason R. Smoot admits to cocaine distribution charge

Connecticut News: Bridgeport Man, ROCKY SAMAS Charged with Crack and Cocaine Distribution Offenses

Connecticut – John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that a federal grand jury in Hartford returned an indictment yesterday charging ROCKY SAMAS, also known as “Twin,” 47, of Bridgeport, with one count of possession with intent to distribute at 28 grams or more of cocaine base (“crack”), and … Continue reading Connecticut News: Bridgeport Man, ROCKY SAMAS Charged with Crack and Cocaine Distribution Offenses

Connecticut News: Bridgeport Man, TALVIN HINTON Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charge Related to Investigation of Stratford Overdose Death

Connecticut – John H. Durham, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, today announced that, on November 13, 2018, TALVIN HINTON, 42, of Bridgeport, pleaded guilty in Bridgeport federal court to one count of distribution of heroin. This matter stems from an ongoing statewide initiative targeting narcotics dealers who distribute heroin, fentanyl or opioids … Continue reading Connecticut News: Bridgeport Man, TALVIN HINTON Pleads Guilty to Federal Drug Charge Related to Investigation of Stratford Overdose Death

New Mexico News: Artesia Man, Timothy Caleb Martinez Sentenced to 75 Months for Federal Drug Trafficking and Firearms Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Timothy Caleb Martinez, 28, of Artesia, N.M., was sentenced today in Las Cruces, N.M., to 75 months in prison for his conviction on methamphetamine trafficking and firearms charges. Martinez will be on supervised release for five year after completing his prison sentence. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives charged Martinez … Continue reading New Mexico News: Artesia Man, Timothy Caleb Martinez Sentenced to 75 Months for Federal Drug Trafficking and Firearms Conviction

WEST VIRGINIA News: Tyler County man, Charles C. Williamson sentenced to more than 10 years for selling methamphetamine

WHEELING, WEST VIRGINIA – Charles C. Williamson, of Sistersville, West Virginia, was sentenced to 121 months incarceration for methamphetamine distribution, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Williamson, age 31, pled guilty to one count of “Aiding and Abetting the Distribution of Methamphetamine” in July 2018. Williamson admitted to selling methamphetamine in November of 2017 in … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: Tyler County man, Charles C. Williamson sentenced to more than 10 years for selling methamphetamine

New Jersey News: Head Of Newark, Ahmad Johnson, Drug Trafficking Organization Admits Conspiracy To Distribute Heroin, Fentanyl, And Crack Cocaine And Possession Of A Firearm

NEWARK, N.J. – A Newark man today admitted his role in a conspiracy to distribute more than a kilogram of heroin, 150 grams of fentanyl, and 240 grams of crack cocaine as well as being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced. Ahmad Johnson, a/k/a “OC,” 38, pleaded … Continue reading New Jersey News: Head Of Newark, Ahmad Johnson, Drug Trafficking Organization Admits Conspiracy To Distribute Heroin, Fentanyl, And Crack Cocaine And Possession Of A Firearm

WEST VIRGINIA News: Berkeley County man, Douglas Mills sentenced for drug charge

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Douglas Mills, of Hedgesville, West Virginia, was sentenced today to probation for cocaine distribution, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Mills, also known as “D,” age 27, pled guilty to one count of “Distribution of Cocaine Base” in July 2018. Mills admitted to selling cocaine in Berkeley County in August 2015. … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: Berkeley County man, Douglas Mills sentenced for drug charge

New Mexico News: Roswell Man, Eric J.D. Contreras Sentenced to Five Years for Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Eric J.D. Contreras, 33, of Roswell, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 60 months in prison followed by four years of supervised release for his methamphetamine trafficking conviction. Chaves County Metro Narcotics Task Force (CCMNTF) agents arrested Contreras in Nov. 2017, after finding approximately 100.8 grams … Continue reading New Mexico News: Roswell Man, Eric J.D. Contreras Sentenced to Five Years for Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Conviction

WEST VIRGINIA New: Detroit man, Charles Marquis Mitchell sentenced for heroin distribution

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Charles Marquis Mitchell, of Detroit, Michigan, was sentenced today to 46 months incarceration for distributing heroin, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Mitchell, age 26, pled guilty to one count of “Distribution of Heroin within 1,000 feet of a protected location” in April 2018. Mitchell admitted to distributing heroin near a … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA New: Detroit man, Charles Marquis Mitchell sentenced for heroin distribution

WEST VIRGINIA News: Berkeley County man, Richard Ross Valentine sentenced for heroin charge

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Richard Ross Valentine, of Martinsburg, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 41 months incarceration for heroin distribution, United States AttorneyBill Powell announced. Valentine, age 35, pled guilty one count of “Aiding and Abetting Possession with Intent to Distribute Heroin” in June 2018. Valentine admitted to possessing and distributing heroin in September … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: Berkeley County man, Richard Ross Valentine sentenced for heroin charge

WEST VIRGINIA News: Morgantown woman, Lori Murphy sentenced for heroin distribution

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Lori Murphy, of Morgantown, West Virginia, was sentenced today to 15 months incarceration for heroin trafficking, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Murphy, age 29, pled guilty to one count of “Distribution of Heroin within 1000 feet of Protected Location” in June 2018. Murphy admitted to distributing heroin near North Elementary … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: Morgantown woman, Lori Murphy sentenced for heroin distribution

WEST VIRGINIA News: CLARKSBURG, Eric Drake, Hancock County addiction center co-owner admits to illegally selling suboxone

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Eric Drake, of Weirton, West Virginia, has admitted to illegally distributing controlled substances, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Drake, age 48, pled guilty to one count of “Distribution of a Controlled Substance.” Drake admitted to selling suboxone in Hancock County in May 2016. Drake was co-owner of an addiction treatment … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: CLARKSBURG, Eric Drake, Hancock County addiction center co-owner admits to illegally selling suboxone

Louisiana News: New Orleans Man, KIRK BALLARD Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison in St. Charles Parish-Based Narcotics Conspiracy

New Orleans, La. – U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announces the sentencing on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 of KIRK BALLARD, age 37, of New Orleans, by U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon. According to court documents, BALLARD was a member of a narcotics distribution conspiracy based in St. Charles Parish that sold narcotics in … Continue reading Louisiana News: New Orleans Man, KIRK BALLARD Sentenced to Ten Years in Prison in St. Charles Parish-Based Narcotics Conspiracy

New York News: New York Man, LUIS J. COTTO Sentenced for Heroin and Cocaine Conspiracy

New York – U.S. Attorney Peter G. Strasser announces the sentencing yesterday of LUIS J. COTTO, age 31, a resident of New York, for charges stemming from a heroin and cocaine trafficking conspiracy before U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon. Judge Lemmon sentenced COTTO to a total of (78) months in prison followed by … Continue reading New York News: New York Man, LUIS J. COTTO Sentenced for Heroin and Cocaine Conspiracy

New Mexico News: Roswell Woman, Monica Vega Sentenced to Ten Years for Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Conviction

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Monica Vega, 36, of Roswell, N.M., was sentenced today in federal court in Las Cruces, N.M., to 120 months in prison for her conviction on methamphetamine trafficking charges. Vega will be on supervised release for five years after completing her prison sentence. Vega was arrested on Nov. 17, 2017, on a three-count … Continue reading New Mexico News: Roswell Woman, Monica Vega Sentenced to Ten Years for Federal Methamphetamine Trafficking Conviction

Florida News: Four South Florida Residents Convicted and Sentenced for Roles in Narcotics Importation and Distribution Ring

Florida – On Friday, October 19, 2018, the last of four defendants was sentenced for his role in a narcotics importation and distribution ring, operating in Miami-Dade and Osceola Counties, involving an analogue of the powerful opioid fentanyl, as well as n-ethylpentalone. Ariana Fajardo Orshan, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Mark Selby, … Continue reading Florida News: Four South Florida Residents Convicted and Sentenced for Roles in Narcotics Importation and Distribution Ring

WEST VIRGINIA News: MARTINSBURG, Berkeley County residents arraigned on drug distribution charges

MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Two Martinsburg, West Virginia, residents were arraigned today in federal court after being indicted on August 14, 2018 by a federal grand jury sitting in Martinsburg on drug distribution charges, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Ellis Reginald Fennell, also known as “Z,” age 30, and Samione Monay Jones, age 31, … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: MARTINSBURG, Berkeley County residents arraigned on drug distribution charges

WEST VIRGINIA News: Randolph County residents indicted for drug distribution

ELKINS, WEST VIRGINIA – Three Elkins, West Virginia residents were indicted today by a federal grand jury on drug charges, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Jeffrey Lynn Woods, age 57, was indicted on one count of “Conspiracy to Distribute More than 5 Grams of Methamphetamine,” two counts of “Distribution of Methamphetamine,” one count of … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: Randolph County residents indicted for drug distribution

WEST VIRGINIA News: Randolph County man, Mark Jay Courtney admits to heroin distribution

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA –Mark Jay Courtney, of Montrose, West Virginia, has admitted to distributing heroin, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Courtney, age 39, pled guilty today to one count of “Distribution of Heroin.” Courtney admitted to selling heroin in Randolph County in January 2018. Courtney faces up to 20 years incarceration and a fine … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: Randolph County man, Mark Jay Courtney admits to heroin distribution

WEST VIRGINIA News: Randolph County woman, Sara Payge Gibson admits to methamphetamine distribution

CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA – Sara Payge Gibson, of Elkins, West Virginia, has admitted to distributing methamphetamine, United States Attorney Bill Powell announced. Gibson, age 25, pled guilty today to one count of “Distribution of Methamphetamine.” Gibson admitted to selling methamphetamine, also known ‘Ice,” in Randolph County in November 2016. Gibson faces up to 20 years … Continue reading WEST VIRGINIA News: Randolph County woman, Sara Payge Gibson admits to methamphetamine distribution